Los Angeles, CA 90036
- Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:00-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-8 p.m.
- Lunch, Dinner
One of L.A.'s BBQ institutions, Bludso's Bar & Que has moved west to Hollywood and added a bar to its 'cue. Born and raised in Compton, Kevin Bludso opened the original in his hometown in 2008, filling the neighborhood with the intoxicating scent of his Texas-style, slow-smoked meats. The Bludso family BBQ tradition started four generations ago in Corsicana, Texas, and the classics are all here on the expanded menu — brisket, pork and beef ribs, Texas red hot beef links, rib tips. His collard greens and baked beans are some of the best in town, honest and rustic. Bludso's is the go-to for big family celebrations, with trays for a crowd. Dive into the Party Tray: 1½ pounds brisket, 1½ pounds pulled pork, 1½ whole chicken, 1½ racks pork ribs, 1 pound rib tips, four Texas red hots, three quarts of sides, pickles, cornbread and BBQ sauce for $225 (serves 10 to 12). There are large party packages for pickup as well, like the Willie Mae, the All Star, the Super Bowl Package and the Big Kev (it can feed up to 50 people). The desserts from national pie champion Nicole Rucker include peach crisp à la mode, chocolate chess pie and some of the best banana pudding this side of the Mississippi. —Michele Stueven
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